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The latest update on Eleanora in Pieces

The old news

A few months ago I shared that my publisher had delayed the release of my debut novel, Eleanora in Pieces, for the second time, moving it from the original release date of Fall 2022 to Spring 2023. To make a VERY long story short, they did not make that new deadline. The publisher continued to experience a number of concerning issues and could not commit to a release timeline for my book, nor for the books of their many other authors. When things failed to improve over the spring and summer I decided to move on. It was a difficult choice, but the right one for me. I was reluctant to share any news on the situation as I was holding out hope that they would come through and honor their commitments. In the end, it wasn’t to be.

Starting over

While parting ways with my publisher put me back at the beginning of the publishing process, I was starting from a different place than the first time I set out to get a book published. I’ve learned a lot of helpful information over the past few years that made this next round of submissions not quite as daunting. I’ve connected with many amazing authors and seen their success first-hand. I’ve learned how to talk about my book, what to look for in a publisher, how to write a better query letter, and what things are important when it comes to trying to get your book out into the world. This knowledge, along with a great deal of luck made this do-over a lot less painful than I feared it would be. Luckily for me, the stars aligned and, for what seemed like the first time in a long time, things went my way.

The good news

I began querying new publishers over the summer and within a few weeks several of them had requested to review the full manuscript. This was not only unexpected (despite the above stated optimism!), but a huge relief after the disappointment of leaving my last publisher. Even so, I tried to manage my expectations and put it out of my mind since manuscript reviews can often take several months.

However, a few weeks later, I am overjoyed to say, I received and accepted an offer of publication from Black Rose Writing.

The countdown begins

I want to thank my amazing friends, family and supporters who continued to check in and ask about the book over the past two years. Trust me when I say that I know it’s been a TERRIBLY long wait. The best news is that the big day is now within sight. I am over the moon to announce that Eleanora in Pieces will be available….

September 5, 2024!

Stay tuned for the pre-sale date!

Introducing Eleanora in Pieces

Getting a book published is a long, slow process. And I’m not even talking about the original time spent writing and editing, which can take years, and then finding an agent or publisher, which can take far longer. Even once you’ve signed a deal to publish, the wait to actually get to the final publication date is extraordinarily (albeit necessarily) long. There are a lot of details to nail down which, as the writer, I’m very invested in getting right! Even with that knowledge, the wait is excruciating.

Which is why I was elated a few weeks ago to receive my manuscript edits from my editor and finally make some big progress towards publication. It had been months since I had even looked at the book, to be honest, and it was a nice experience to get back into the story with fresh eyes and several months worth of new perspective. Luckily my (extremely generous and kind!) editor felt the manuscript was in very good shape and needed only minor work. 

“I must come clean on one thing, however– my brash and overabundant use of commas”

I must come clean on one thing, however– my brash and overabundant use of commas. Man, have I been overconfident in how I inaccurately throw those things around with joyful abandon! Thank goodness for my editor’s competent and patient skills. I bow down to your expertise and promise to try harder in the future to not pause unnecessarily in those long sentences for reckless usage of superfluous punctuation. 

Commas aside, (😂) I worked through all of the other edits and sent them back, along with my additional edits a few days later. After another pass by my editor, the manuscript will go to layout and at some point in the (hopefully!) near future I’ll get the galley proof for final review. There is also still the cover art to decide on – a process I am gleefully looking forward to– and a handful of other details to work out. We are still months away from the release date–the exact date is still TBD–but every day I inch closer and closer to introducing my debut novel, *** ELEANORA IN PIECES *** to the world!

Every day I inch closer and closer to introducing my debut novel ELEANORA IN PIECES to the world!

Update (August 2023): Due to staffing and production issues, after continued delays my original publisher was unable to meet their contractual obligations regarding the publication of Eleanora in Pieces, and many other books under contract at their press. I chose not to renew my own contract as they were unable to commit to a publication date. However, I am very happy to say that I have signed with a new publisher and Eleanora in Pieces will be published by Black Rose Writing on September 5, 2024.